Attorney Francisco (Frank) Areces
Born February 19, 1959, in Havana, Cuba; admitted to Florida Bar, 1987; Federal Bar, including Trial Bar; U.S. District Court, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, 11 Circuit and Federal Circuit.
Education: Florida International University (B.A., with high honors, 1984); University of Miami School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1987); Member, University of Miami Law Review.
Memberships: Florida Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; Federal Trial Bar; Dade County Bar Association; American Bar Association; Cuban American Bar Association; Coral Gables Bar Association; Dade County Trial Lawyers Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; Aquatic Injury Safety Group; Breast Implant Litigation Group.
Practice Areas: Personal Injury; Products Liability; Wrongful Death; Medical Malpractice; Negligent security; Insurance bad faith; Construction accidents; Admiralty; Commercial Litigation.
Upon graduation from law school, Frank joined the General Commercial Litigation Department of Holland & Knight, Florida’s largest law firm, where he was involved in complex commercial litigation representing large and small, domestic and international, corporations. In February of 1989, Frank joined the law firm of Spence, Payne, Masington & Needle, P.A., concentrating his practice in the areas of personal injury and commercial litigation. In May of 1995, together with partner Andrew Needle and Janice Gallagher of the Spence firm, Frank started Needle Gallagher & Areces, P.A. In July of 1999, Frank resigned from the firm and founded A. Francisco Areces, P.A. The law firm is now known as Areces Rodriguez, P.A., with partner Alexander R. Rodriguez, and it is dedicated to representing seriously injured clients against large corporations and insurance companies, representing corporate clients in complex commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes, distributorship disputes, franchise disputes, patent infringement and other commercial matters, and family law matters.
As a trial lawyer, Frank has forged a reputation for hard work, thorough preparation and solid courtroom performance. Frank has a distinguished courtroom record obtaining multi-million dollar verdicts for his clients when such results were deemed unthinkable.
Over the years, Frank has been involved in law-making cases in the pursuit of his clients’ interests. Frank has prepared and successfully tried or settled breakthrough cases in the field of complex business litigation and complex commercial litigation including partnership disputes, patent infringement, contract disputes, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death, maritime torts, negligent security, defective products, insurance bad faith, and medical malpractice.
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